Cornell's Migration to Canvas

All Cornell faculty (or administrative support) will need to move course content from Blackboard to Canvas by the Spring semester of 2020.


Getting Started

Migrating content from Blackboard to Canvas will require some time and restructuring of course materials. The resources below will help orient you to Canvas and get you started on moving or creating your course content.

Instructors can learn to use Canvas by exploring quick-start guides, recorded webinars, and online tutorials on your own, or by attending a Canvas training session via Zoom or in-person. 

To build or migrate courses that will be taught beyond Fall 2019, you can request a Sandbox course. (Once you have your content inputted or migrated, Sandbox courses can be copied and published).

Migration Timeline 

A timeline of the Canvas transition, with all courses moved by Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019: The first semester courses can be taught in Canvas, Blackboard will still be available. 

  • Fall 2019: Courses can be taught in Canvas, Blackboard will still be available. 

  • Spring 2020: All courses using an LMS must use Canvas. 

Before January 2020, you can access Blackboard courses as usual. During that time you will be able to download course material in a format that can be brought into Canvas. After January 2020, all course content in Blackboard will be archived and can be accessed by request.

If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact us at: canvas@cornell.edu.